Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes
My youngest boy loves to play pranks on people. His parents are usually the targets (see an example below). So to head off potential trouble on this April Fool’s Day, I told him first thing this morning I knew what day it was, and he should be prepared for jokes from his friends. I’m thinking, if he knows that I know, then he won’t embarrass his dad today. His response? “Why would anyone want to do that to me?” He’s a little slow in the morning.
Despite April 1 coming around once a year, we continue to fall for the unbelievable. Did you hear about the Dallas radio deejay who was offered $100,000 this week to change his name to TexasMotorSpeedway.com. Permanent tattoo too. TMS President Eddie Gossage said, “This may seem a bit crazy, but if you think about it Texas Motor Speedway will have a walking, talking billboard that is a well-known personality in the country’s fourth-largest media market.” Media outlets, big and small, fell for it. Today, the egg is dripping from their chins. It was a joke. A prank from a radio deejay? Yeah, go figure.
On the other hand, if the hoax is very well done and at least part of it comes from a legitimate, believable source (the president of Texas Motor Speedway, for example) you can get away with a lot. I came across a website of the “Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time”. From Sid Finch (the 168 mph pitcher), and Nixon for President (in 1992), to flying penguins, the Swiss spaghetti harvest and viagra for hamsters… it’s all there. Check out the “Top 100” list here.
Here’s the prank from my son. It wasn’t on April 1, but he doesn’t need a special day to embarrass his parents.